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TCM Herbs that influence the Liver Channel



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Below you will find Chinese Herbs that enter the Liver Channel. Related Information [Meridian].



The Liver Channel Is Influenced By 193 Herbs In Our Database

(Huai) Niu Xi

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  • Achyranthes Root
    • Invigorates blood, expels blood stasis - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, lochioschesis.
    • Strengthens the sinews, bones, and joints - lower back and knee issues due to deficiency (tonifies the liver and kidneys).
    • Clears damp heat in the lower burner - damp-heat pouring downward manifesting as back and knee pain, w/lin.
    • Brings blood downward - yin deficiency with fire or hot blood in the upper warmer, vomiting blood, toothache, nosebleed, dizziness, headache, blurred vision (yang rising).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Ai Ye

  • Mugwort Leaf, Moxa
    • Warms the womb and stops bleeding - useful in cases of prolonged menstrual bleeding and uterine bleeding due to cold from deficiency patterns.
    • Warms the womb and pacifies the fetus - restless fetus syndrome, lower abdominal pain (menstrual), vaginal bleeding as in threatened miscarriage, infertility due to cold womb.
    • Used often as moxibustion for tonification and the movement of qi stagnation.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Ba Ji Tian

  • Morinda Root
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - impotence, male or female infertility, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, irregular menses, low back pain and weakness, cold and painful abdomen.
    • Strengthen sinews and bones - back pain, muscular atrophy.
    • Expel wind/damp cold - back and leg qi pain, bi syndromes.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Ba Qia

  • Chinaroot Greenbier Rhizome
    • Useful for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and promoting urination.
    • Induces sweat and relieves the exterior - diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Can be used for hemorrhoids, skin infections, psoriasis, leukorrhea and STD's such as gonorrhea and syphilis via the function of eliminating toxic heat.
    • Used with diabetes via the kidney and liver systems.
    • Has anti-cancer properties - breast, stomach.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency.

Bai Fu Zi

  • Typhonium Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm, expels wind-cold, stops spasms - wind-phlegm affecting the head including wind stroke, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, migraines.
    • Relieves toxicity, dissipates nodules - snake bite, scrofula.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - Avoid during Pregnancy.

Bai Hua She

  • Agkistrodon, Bungarus Snake with Inner Organs Removed
    • Powerfully unblocks the channels and dispels wind - chronic wind-damp with numbness and weakness of the limbs and cramping of the sinews, tinea, numbness of the skin, any type of rash, spasms, facial paralysis or hemiplegia due to wind-stroke.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Bai Hua She She Cao

Bai Ji

  • Bletilla Rhizome
    • Stops bleeding from the lungs and stomach - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed.
    • Reduces swelling and generates flesh - topically for sores, chapped skin, skin ulcers, especially for chronic, nonhealing ulcers.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions

Bai Ji Li

Bai Jiang Cao

  • Patrinia, Thiaspi
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, and expels pus - intestinal abscess, sores, swellings.
    • Dispels blood stasis, stops pain - for heat induced blood stasis, especially in the abdomen and chest; also for post-partum pain, post-operative pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Bai Shao

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  • White Peony Root
    • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
    • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
    • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

Bai Tou Weng

Ban Mao

  • Cantharides, Mylabris
    • Attack toxins, wears away sores - used topically for sores, carbuncles, scrofula.
    • Breaks up blood stasis, disperses clumps - palpable non-moving masses.
  • Herbs For External Applications
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy.

Ban Zhi Lian

Bei Xie

  • Dioscorea Root
    • Separates the pure from the turbid - cloudy urine and leukorrhea, either from damp-heat or deficiency.
    • Expels wind damp (cold and hot bi syndromes), relaxes the sinews.
    • Damp-heat - skin disorders (eczema, pustular sores).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Bie Jia

  • Chinese Soft Turtle Shell
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with fever, steaming bone, night sweats, often used when accompanied with internal liver wind symptoms.
    • Invigorate blood, promotes menses, dissipates nodules - chest and flank accumulations causing pain, amenorrhea, malarial disorders with palpable masses, excessive menses due to heat in the blood.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Bo He

  • Field Mint, Mentha
    • Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat.
    • Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.
    • Resolves LV Qi Stagnation - emotional issues, PMS, menstrual issues, pressure in chest or sides of body.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • May contribute to insufficient lactation in nursing mothers
    • Avoid excessive sweating/use in weak patients or those who sweat easily
    • May injure yin, use caution in yin deficiency patients

Can Sha

  • Silkworm Feces
    • Expels wind-damp - bi syndromes, itchy rashes due to wind-damp.
    • Harmonizes the stomach, transforms turbid dampness - vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pain, borborygmus.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Ce Bai Ye

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  • Biota Leaves
    • Cools blood, stops bleeding - vomiting blood, bleeding gums, coughing blood, blood in the stool or urine, uterine bleeding, bloody dysentery.
    • Stops cough, expels phlegm - lung heat patterns (cough w/phlegm), thick bloody sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
    • Promote healing of burns - topically in powdered form for early stages.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Chai Hu

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  • Thorowax Root, Bupleurum
    • Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Relieves liver qi stagnation (often used with Bai Shao) - vertigo, menstrual disorders, chest and flank pain, the most common herb to treat stress, irritability, depression, etc.; also for liver and spleen disharmony - bloating, nausea, indigestion, flank pain.
    • Raises yang qi in spleen and stomach deficiency patterns (often used with Sheng Ma) - prolapsed organ, diarrhea, hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Due to its rising and dispersing nature avoid in yin deficiency or liver yang rising.
    • May cause nausea or vomiting - use a smaller dose if necessary.

Chan Tui

  • Cicada Moulting
    • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat with loss of voice, swollen and sore throat.
    • Vents rashes - for early stage of measles with an incomplete expression of the rash.
    • Clears eyes and removes superficial visual obstruction, wind-heat eye problems - red, painful, swollen eyes, blurry vision.
    • Stops spasms and extinguishes wind - childhood febrile diseases in which wind causes convulsions, spasms, delirium or night terrors; tetanus (lockjaw).
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Avoid in cases of exterior deficiency.

Chang Shan

Che Qian Zi

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  • Plantago Seeds
    • Promotes urination, clears heat - edema, lin syndromes due to damp-heat, generally in the lower warmer.
    • Solidifies the stool - diarrhea with damp-heat or damp-summerheat.
    • Clears the eyes - liver and kidney deficiency (dry eyes or cataracts) or heat in the liver channel (red, painful, swollen eyes and sensitive to light).
    • Lung heat - expels phlegm, stops cough.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Chi Shao

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  • Red Peony Root
    • Invigorates blood, dispels stasis (stronger than Mu Dan Pi) - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal pain and masses, traumatic pain associated with swelling, early stages of abscesses and boils.
    • Clears heat, cools the blood (especially for excess heat in the blood) - for heat entering the blood level with fever, purple tongue, skin blotches, bleeding, gyn issues.
    • Clears liver fire - for red swollen, painful eyes.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Chuan Lian Zi

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  • Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit
    • Promotes the movement of Qi and stops pain - flank, rib, abdominal pain due to liver qi stagnation or liver-stomach disharmony; hernial disorders, good w/heat signs.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, regulates qi, alleviates pain due to damp-heat stagnant qi - same symptoms as above.
    • Kills parasites and stops pain - roundworms and tape worms (primarily for pain).
    • Compare with Xia Ku Cao, Long Dan Cao, Zhi Zi for clearing liver heat function.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chuan Shan Jia

  • Pangolin Scales
    • Disperses blood stasis, unblocks menses, promotes lactation - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, insufficient lactation due to blood stasis.
    • Reduces swellings and promotes discharge of pus - abscesses and boils (topically).
    • Expels wind-damp from the channels.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Chuan Xiong

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  • Szechuan Lovage Root
    • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
    • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
    • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Ci Shi

  • Magnetite
    • Anchors and calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, tremors, especially with yin deficiency and ascending yang, dizziness, vertigo.
    • Tonify the kidneys and liver - improve hearing and vision.
    • Helps kidneys to grasp the qi - chronic asthma.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Da Huang

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  • Rhubarb
    • Drains heat and purges accumulations - high fever, profuse sweating, thirst, constipation, abdominal distention and pain, delirium, yellow tongue coating, full pulse which indicates intestinal heat excess or yang ming stage illness.
    • Drains heat from the blood - blood in the stool from bleeding hemorrhoids or heat in the intestine; vomting blood or nosebleed accompanied by constipation; painful eyes or fire toxin sores due to heat in the blood level.
    • Drains damp-heat via the stool - jaundice, dysentery, lin syndrome.
    • Invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, fixed pain due to blood stasis (recent and long-term blood stasis).
    • Clears heat and reduces fire toxicity - for burns, hot skin.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Nursing
    • Avoid in exterior disorders and deficiency of qi and/or blood

Da Ji

  • Japanese Thistle
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding due to reckless movement of hot blood - nosebleed, vomiting blood, blood in urine or stool, uterine bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding.
    • Reduces swelling, generates flesh - topically for carbuncles, sores, swellings.
    • Internal abscesses - intestinal, lung.
    • Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
    • Nephritis, hematuria.
    • Can be used alone for hypertension, particularly from liver heat or liver fire, but can be used in conjunction with other formulas.
    • Studies have shown benefits for pancreatic beta cells - pancreatic cancer, diabetes.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Use with caution and only under direct supervision with pregnancy.
    • Use with caution when signs of stomach and/or spleen deficiency are present - particularly watery stools.
    • Use with caution in patients with no or limited signs of blood stagnation. 
    • As Da Ji contains vitamin K it may reduce the effect of certain blood thinners.  While it isn't necessarily to be avoided, it should be used with caution on patients using drugs such as warfarin.

Dai Zhe Shi

  • Hermatite
    • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang, clears liver fire.
    • Directs rebellious qi downwards - belching, vomiting, hiccough, wheezing.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - vomiting of blood, nosebleed.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Dan Nan Xing

  • Jack in the Pulpit Rhizome and Bile
    • Transforms phlegm heat, extinguishes wind, stops convulsions - muscle spasms/cramps, infantile convulsions, seizure disorders, facial paralysis, stroke (CVA) from wind and phlegm obstruction.
    • Zhi (or Tian) Nan Xing is prepared with fresh ginger and Dan Nan Xing is prepared with cow bile.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during pregnancy.

Dan Shen

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  • Salvia Root
    • Invigorate blood, break up blood stasis in lower abdomen - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, palpable masses, lochioschesis, pain due to blood stasis, chest/epigastric pain, soreness in the ribs due to liver qi stagnation w/blood stasis.
    • Clear heat, soothe irritability - restlessness, irritability, insomnia due to heat entering the ying level.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Dang Gui

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  • Chinese Angelica Root
    • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
    • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
    • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Di Gu Pi

  • Wolfberry Root Cortex
    • Drains Yin deficiency fire. Night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritablity, thirst.
    • Clears Lung Heat. Cough, wheezing.
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Nosebleed, vomiting blood, xue lin.
    • Drain floating kidney fire. Toothache due to deficient fire.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Di Long

  • Earthworm
    • Drains liver heat, stops spasms an convulsions - high fever with convulsions and seizures.
    • Clears lung heat - wheezing.
    • Clears heat in the channels and promotes movement - swollen, painful joints with limited range of motion, sequelae of wind-stroke.
    • Clears heat and promotes urination - hot painful urinary dysfunction, edema.
    • Hypertension associated with liver yang rising.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Di Yu

  • Bloodwort Root
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding in lower burner due to damp heat - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding.
    • Clears heat and generates flesh - topically for burns, carbuncles.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Du Zhong

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  • Eucommia Bark
    • Tonify liver and kidneys, strengthen sinews and bones - weak, painful knees and lower back, fatigue, frequent urination.
    • Promotes smooth flow of qi and blood circulation.
    • Calms the fetus - for cold deficient kidney patterns with bleeding during pregnancy, prevents miscarriages from deficiency.
    • Recently used for dizziness from liver yang rising (hypertension).
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

E Jiao

  • Donkey-Hide Glue, Gelatin
    • Tonify blood - dizziness, sallow complexion, palpitations.
    • Stops bleeding - any type.
    • Nourish and moisten yin - irritability and insomnia after febrile disease, dry lung coughs due to yin deficiency or consumption.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

E Zhu

  • Zeodoaria Rhizome
    • Breaks up blood stasis, promotes movement of Qi, alleviates pain - abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal masses, epigastric masses due to blood stasis.
    • Dissolve food stagnation, accumulations.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use During Pregnancy

Fang Feng

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  • Ledebouriella root, siler
    • Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache)
    • Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb)
    • Trembling hands and/or feet
    • Spleen/Liver intestinal issues - painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool
    • Migraines
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  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
    • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency

Fo Shou

  • Finger Citron Fruit
    • Regulates and soothes liver Qi - rib pain and distention, belching.
    • Harmonizes the stomach and strengthens the spleen - epigastric pain and distention, lack of appetite, belching, vomiting.
    • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - chronic cough with phlegm and chest pain (weak, not well suited for acute conditions).
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Fu Pen Zi

Gan Cao

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  • Licorice Root
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.

Gou Ji

  • Chain Fern Rhizome
    • Tonifies liver and kidneys, strengthens sinews and bones - stiffness, soreness or weakness in lower back, spine, legs.
    • Expels wind and dampness - bi syndrome.
    • Urinary incontinence and vaginal discharges.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Gou Qi Zi

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  • Chinese Wolfberry Fruit
    • Nourish and tonify liver and kidney - yin and/or blood deficiency w/sore back and legs, low grade abdominal pain, impotence, nocturnal emission, xiao ke; neutral nature - commonly used for liver and kidney deficiency.
    • Benefits the essence and brightens the eyes - essence and blood are unable to nourish eyes, dizziness, blurred vision, diminished acuity.
    • Enrich yin and moisten the lungs - consumptive cough.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Gou Teng

Gu Jing Cao

  • Pipewort Scapus, Inflorescence
    • Disperse wind-heat, brighten the eyes - wind-heat entering the liver channel causing red, swollen eyes, floaters, pterygium.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of blood deficiency.

Gu Sui Bu

Guan Zhong

  • Dryopteris Root
    • Kills parasites - tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms.
    • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - wind-heat colds, damp-heat induced sores, carbuncles.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - bleeding due to hot blood, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

Gui Ban

  • Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with ascending yang, night sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, steaming bone disorder.
    • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - internal wind symptoms, facial spasms, hand and feet tremors.
    • Benefits kidneys, strengthens bone - sore back, weak legs, slow skeletal growth in children.
    • Cools the blood - stops uterine bleeding due to heat in the blood, excessive menses.
    • Tonify blood, nourish the heart, calm the heart - anxiety, insomnia.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Hai Feng Teng

Hai Piao Xiao

  • Cuttlefish Bone
    • Stops uterine bleeding with vaginal discharge - useful for deficiency patterns.
    • Retains essence due to kidney deficiency - nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, leukorrhea.
    • Harmonizes the stomch - epigastric pain, acid reflux.
    • Resolves dampness, promotes healing - topically for rashes and ulcers.
    • Diarrhea from deficiency patterns - pain CV 8 (navel), diarrhea/dysentery.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Hai Tong Pi

  • Coral Bean Bark
    • Dispels wind-damp (hot or cold), unblocks the channels - bi syndromes, especially in the lower back and/or knees or spasms of the extremities.
    • Promotes urination, reduces edema - superficial edema due to dampness.
    • Itchy skin - lesions, scabies.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Hai Zao

Han Lian Cao

He Huan Pi

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  • Mimosa Tree Bark
    • Calms the spirit, relieves constrained emotions - vexation, depression, insomnia, irritability, poor memory.
    • Invigorates the blood, alleviates pain - pain and swelling due to trauma, abscesses.
    • The flower, He Huan Hua (ye he hua, ye he mi) has similar functions for calming the shen from liver constraint - insomnia, chest oppression, irritability.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy (stimulates uterine contractions).

He Shou Wu

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  • Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root
    • Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essence - yin and/or blood deficiency w/dizziness, blurred vision, prematurely grey hair, weakness in the lower back and knees, sore limbs, insomnia, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge; neither cold, drying, nor too cloying.
    • Relieves toxic fire - carbuncles, sores, scrofula, neck lumps.
    • Moistens intestines - constipation associated with blood deficiency.
    • Expels wind from skin by nourishing the blood.
    • Chronic malaria w/qi and blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

He Ye

Hei Zhi Ma

  • Black Sesame Seeds
    • Tonify the yin of the liver and kidney systems.  Useful for vision disturbances (blurry vision), tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, premature graying of the hair.
    • Nourish liver blood and clear liver wind - headaches, dizziness, numbness in the limbs.
    • Moisten and lubricate the intestines - constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or diarrhea due to Spleen Qi Deficiency.

Hong Hua

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  • Safflower Flower
    • Invigorate blood, unblock menstruation - blood stasis patterns w/amenorrhea, abdominal pain, post partum dizziness, lochioschesis, abdominal masses.
    • Dispels blood stasis, alleviates pain - blood stasis wounds and pain, carbuncles, dark purplish erythema, rash, chest pain due to blood stasis.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Hong Teng

  • Sargentadoxa Vine
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, reduces abscesses, and stops pain - for intestinal abscesses and skin lesions with heat, swelling, and pain.
    • Invigorates the blood, disperses stasis - trauma, dysmenorrhea, joint pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Hu Huang Lian

  • Pierorhizae Rhizome
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery, sores.
    • Clears deficient heat - yin deficiency heat symptoms.
    • Clears heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment - abdominal distention, afternoon fever, dysentery.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Hu Po

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  • Amber
    • Arrest tremors, stop palpitations, calm the spirit - tremor, palpitation, anxiety, excessive dreams, insomnia, poor memory, convulsions, seizures.
    • Invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis - amenorrhea with pain, palpable masses, coronary heart disease.
    • Promote urination, invigorate the blood - xue lin.
    • Reduce swellings, promote healing - sores, carbuncles, ulcers, genital swelling and pain.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Hu Zhang

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  • Bushy Knotweed Root
    • Invigorates blood and dispels stasis - amenorrhea, wind-damp painful obstruction, traumatic injury.
    • Clears heat and resolves dampness - damp heat jaundice, turbid vaginal discharge.
    • Drains heat, transforms phlegm - cough due to lung heat, constipation.
    • Discharges toxins - burns, carbuncles (topically).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Huai Hua Mi

  • Pagoda Tree Bud
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - damp-heat in the large intestine - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids.
    • Cools liver fire - red eyes, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Huang Lian

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  • Coptis Rhizome
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - high fever, irritability, disorientation, delirium, painful, red eyes, red tongue, sore throat, boils, carbuncles, abscesses.
    • Clears heat, drains dampness - for damp-heat in the stomach or intestine, diarrhea or dysenteric disorder, vomiting and/or acid regurgitation due to stomach heat.
    • Clears heart fire - irritability, insomnia.
    • Clears heat and stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in the urine, stool, vomiting due to hot blood.
    • Topically for red, painful eyes and ulcerations of the tongue and mouth.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Yao Zi

  • Dioscorea Bulbifera Tuber
    • Dissipates nodules and reduces massage - goiter, cancer.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - vomiting blood, coughing up blood, uterine bleeding.
    • Reduces toxicity of toxic swellings (topically).
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Ji Xue Cao

  • Asiatic Pennywort, Gotu Kola
    • Useful for gastrointestinal disorders related to damp heat - pain, dysentery, enteritis.  Liver involved symptoms such as jaundice.
    • Diarrhea from summerheat.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - nosebleeds, bleeding in the urine, uterine bleeding.
    • Useful to clear heat from the liver and benefit the eyes - glaucoma, cataracts, pinkeye.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in pregnancy.

Ji Xue Teng

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  • Millettia Vine
    • Promotes the movement of blood, tonify the blood - blood deficiency patterns such as irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, accompanied with abdominal pain.
    • Invigorate the channels, relax the sinews - numbness of the extremities, lower back pain, knee pain, damp bi-syndrome, w/blood deficiency or stasis.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Jiang Can

  • Silkworm
    • Extinguishes liver wind, stops spasms and convulsions - childhood convulsions or facial paralysis, seizures from liver-wind or wind-phlegm-heat.
    • Expels wind, stops pain - headache, red eyes, sore, swollen throat from an OPI or liver wind, loss of voice.
    • Transforms phlegm, dissipates nodules - phlegm-heat scrofula and other phlegm nodules.
    • Expels wind and stops itching.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Jiang Huang

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  • Tumeric Rhizome
    • Invigorate blood, unblock menses - chest and abdominal pain, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, pain and swelling due to trauma.
    • Promote the movement of Qi, alleviate pain - epigastric and/or abdominal pain.
    • Expel wind, promote movement of blood - wind damp painful obstruction w/blood stasis (particularly in the shoulders).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Jiang Xiang

  • Dalbergia Heartwood
    • Disperses blood stasis, stops bleeding - internal injuries due to trauma, fracture.
    • Invigorates blood, promotes qi movement - epigastric and abdominal pain.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Jin Qian Cao

  • Lysimachia, Whole Plant
    • Promotes urination, important herb for stone lin syndromes (also helps for other lin types).
    • Clears damp-heat in the liver and gallbladder - jaundice, red, swollen eyes.
    • Reduces toxicity and swelling - snakebit, abscess, traumatic injury.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Jing Jie

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  • Schizonepeta Stem
    • Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat
    • Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages
    • Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used topically
    • Stops bleeding, blood in stool (secondary herb), uterine bleeding
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in measles and/or w/open sores
    • Caution with exterior deficiency
    • Avoid with liver wind patterns

Jiu Jie Chang Pu

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  • Altaica Rhizome
    • Opens the Orifices and Transforms Phlegm - Seizures from high fevers, strong psychiatric illnesses, loss of consciousness and/or very muddled thinking, tinnitus, deafness.
    • Stagnant energy in the chest, abdominal distention, bloating.
    • Wind damp related arthritis.
  • Herbs That Open Orifices
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients with yin deficiency or yang rising.

Ju Hua

  • Chrysanthemum Flower
    • Disperses wind, clears heat (bitter, cold) - headache, fever.
    • Clears liver and the eyes (sweet, cold) - wind-heat in the liver channel manifesting with red, painful, dry eyes or excessive tearing, or yin deficiency of the kidneys and liver with floaters, blurry vision, or dizziness.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in qi deficiency with poor appetite/diarrhea.

Jue Ming Zi (Cao Jue Ming)

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  • Foetid Cassia Seeds
    • Clears the vision and expels wind-heat - itchy, red and painful eyes, sensitivity to light due to wind-heat (stronger action in clearing liver-heat/fire than Qing Xiang Zi and
    • Mi Meng Hua; also nourishes kidney yin and liver yin).
    • Moistens intestines and unblocks the bowels - dry, chronic constipation especially due to liver yin deficiency.
    • Lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Do not use with Huo Ma Ren.
    • Not recommended for patients with diarrhea.
    • Avoid in patients with hypotension (low blood pressure).

Ku Shen

Kun Bu

Li Zhi He

Lian Qiao

Ling Yang Jiao

  • Antelope Horn
    • Extinguishes wind, controls spasms and convulsions - spasms, convulsions, seizures, expecially in children with high fever.
    • Calms the liver, anchors the yang - for liver yang rising, dizziness, headache, red eyes, photophobia, spasms, convulsions.
    • Drains heat and fire - delirium, manic behavior, loss of consciousness, heat in the pericardium.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Long Dan Cao

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  • Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana
    • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
    • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Long Gu

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  • Fossilized Bones
    • Calms the spirit - emotional distress, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, seizures.
    • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang - irritable, blurred vision, vertigo, bad temper.
    • Prevents leakage of fluids due to deficiency - spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, vaginal discharge, nocturnal emissions, uterine bleeding.
    • Topically for chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Lu Gan Shi

  • Smithsonite
    • Brightens the eyes - superficial visual obstruction, red-swollen eyes.
    • Drys dampness, generates flesh - chronic draining pus from open sores.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Lu Hui

  • Dried Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Drains fire and guides out accumulation - constipation, dizziness, red eyes, irritability; good for chronic cases.
    • Kills parasites, strengthens stomach - roundworms and ringworms.
    • Clears heat and cools the liver - epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to heat in the liver channel.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Menstruation

Lu Jiao Jiao

  • Deer Antler Glue
    • Tonifies kidney yang - low energy, fertility issues.
    • Tonifies kidney essence - impotence, fertility, low sperm count
    • Stops bleeding - blood in the stools, excessive menstruation, blood in the urine
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Lu Lu Tong

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  • Sweetgum Fruit
    • Promotes movement of qi and blood, opens middle burner and unblocks the channels - irregular or scanty menses, abdominal pain or distention, pain and stiffness in the lower back and knees (wind-damp painful obstruction).
    • Promotes urination - edema with difficult urination.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Lu Rong

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  • Elk/Deer Horn, Velvet
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthen yang - fatigue, impotence, cold limbs, lightheadedness, lower back and knee pain, tinnitus, frequent and clear urine.
    • Tonify the governing vessel, augments essence and blood, strengthens sinews and bones - children with mental/physical developmental issues.
    • Regulates the conception vessel, chong mai, and stabilizies the dai mai - cold deficient leukorrhea or uterine bleeding, infertility with a cold womb.
    • Tonifies and nourishes qi and blood - chronic ulcerations/yin-type boils (concave, clear fluid oozing, unhealing).
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Luo Shi Teng

  • Star Jasmine Stem
    • Dispels wind-hot-damp bi and spasms of the sinews.
    • Cools the blood and reduces swellings - toxic sores, sore throat.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Ma Chi Xian

  • Purslane, Portulaca
    • Clears fire toxicity and cools the blood - damp-heat of fire toxin dysentery, hot or bloody lin syndrome.
    • Clears damp-heat and treats sores - fire toxin carbuncles or sores, as well as red and white vaginal discharge.
    • Antidote for wasp stings and snakebites.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Ma Qian Zi

  • Nux-Vomica Seeds
    • Unblock the channels, disperse clumps - reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
    • Abscess, yin-type ulcers, pain due to trauma, wind-damp obstruction.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Mai Ya

Man Jing Zi

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  • Vitex Fruit Seed
    • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat especially with headache or eye pain.
    • Wind-heat in the liver channel - excessive tearing, red-painful-swollen eyes, floaters.
    • Drains damp, expels wind - supporting herb for stiff, numb, cramping, and/or heavy limbs.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of Stomach Qi Deficiency.
    • Avoid in headaches or eye problems that arise from yin/blood deficient heat.

Mei Gui Hua

  • Young Flower of Chinese Rose
    • Promotes the movement of Qi and relieves constraint - liver-stomach disharmony with pain and distention in the flanks and epigastrium, belching, poor appetite.
    • Promotes the movement of Qi, harmonizes the Blood, disperses stasis - irregular menses, breast tenderness (PMS), menstrual pain; stasis from trauma.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Meng Shi

  • Lapis Stone
    • Directs qi downward and reduces phlegm - wheezing and coughing due to old and stubborn phlegm.
    • Calms liver and controls palpitations and seizures.
  • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Mi Meng Hua

  • Buddleia Flower Bud
    • Benefits the eyes - red, swollen, painful eyes, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, superficial visual obstruction; both excessive and deficient patterns (nourishes yin and blood).
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Mi Tuo Seng

Ming Fan

  • Alum
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, dry dampness, alleviate itch.
    • Topical wash for scabies, ringworm, damp or damp heat rash.
    • Swollen painful eyes, throat, and jaundice.
    • Stops bleeding, alleviates diarrhea - chronic blood in the stool/urine, hemorrhoidal bleeding, nosebleed, bleeding gums, any external bleeding.
    • Clears heat, expels phlegm, wind phlegm - irritability, delirium, convulsions, cough with thick sticky sputum.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Mo Yao

Mu Dan Pi

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  • Tree Peony Root Cortex
    • Clears Heat (excess and deficient), Cools Blood. Nose bleed, bloody sputum or vomit, subcutaneous bleeding, frequent and profuse menses due to heat in the Blood.
    • Clear Deficient Fire. Yin deficiency patterns such as steaming bone disorder after a warm-febrile disease particularly those without sweating.
    • Clears Liver Blood Stasis. Amenorrhea, abdominal masses, bruises.
    • Clears Rising Liver Fire. Headache, eye pain, flank pain, flushing, dysmenorrhea.
    • Drains Pus, Reduces Swelling. Used topically for non-draining sores. Used internally for intestinal abscess.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Avoid in Pregnancy, Excess Menses due to Blood moving action.

Mu Gua

Mu Hu Die

Mu Li

  • Oyster Shell
    • Calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia.
    • Benefits the yin, anchors floating yang - irritable, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, red flushed face due to yin deficiency with ascending yang.
    • Prevents leakage of fluids - continuous sweating in steaming bone disorder, aftermath of warm-febrile disease, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding.
    • Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - scrofula, goiter.
    • Absorbs acidity - stomach pain, sour taste in the mouth.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Mu Zei

Niu Huang

  • Cattle Gallstone
    • Clears the heart, opens the orifices, awakens the spirit, vaporizes phlegm - delirium or coma due to wind-heat or hot diseases with hot phlegm obstructing the pericardium.
    • Clears the liver, relieves toxicity, extinguishes wind, stops tremors - spasms, tremors, convulsions with high fever due to heat entering the liver.
    • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - red, painful, swollen, or ulcerated throat as well as for sores, carbuncles, boils, and a wide variety of hot swellings.
  • Herbs That Open Orifices
  • Cautions
    • Do not use during pregnancy.

Nu Zhen Zi

Ou Jie

Pu Gong Ying

Pu Huang

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  • Cattail Pollen, Bulrush
    • Stops bleeding (external and internal) - traumatic injury, uterine bleeding, vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in urine or stool.
    • Invigorate blood, dispels stasis - chest pain, postpartum abdominal pain, menstrual pain due to blood stasis.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Qian Cao Gen

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  • Rubia Root
    • Cools the blood to stop bleeding - vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in stool, uterine bleeding, any bleeding due to hot blood.
    • Invigorates blood to dispel blood stasis - pain associated with blood stasis, especially chest and flank pain, trauma, joint pain, early stage of carbuncles.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Qin Jiao

Qin Pi

  • Bark of Korean Ash Branch
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery (bloody).
    • Drains liver fire - eyes with redness, swelling, pain, or the formation of superficial visual obstruction.
    • Clears wind-damp - painful hot obstruction.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Qing Dai

  • Indigo Naturalis
    • Cools the blood - can be useful for bleeding disorders, nosebleeds, bruising/blotches at the skin level.
    • Clears heat/toxic heat - cough, particularly with yellow mucus, sore throat, mouthsores, mumps.
    • Drains liver fire/calms liver wind - convulsions, clear summerheat affecting the liver system in particular.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients with cold in the stomach and/or very deficient spleen/stomach qi.
    • Some patients may have skin allergic reactions to the herb.

Qing Fen

  • Calomel
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites - external wash for scabies and syphilitic chancres.
    • Expels water and unblocks the bowels and bladder.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Qing Hao

  • Wormwood
    • Clears summer heat - fever, headache, dizziness, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Clears deficient fever - unremitting fever or night fever with no sweating (from blood deficiency or sequel of febrile disease).
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - purpuric rash, nosebleed due to heat in the blood.
    • Malarial disorders - alternating fever and chills.
  • Herbs That Clear and Relieve Summerheat

Qing Pi

  • Green Tangerine Peel
    • Spreads liver Qi and breaks up stagnation - liver Qi stagnation symptoms such as distention and pain in the chest, breast, and/or hypochondriac regions; hernial pain.
    • Reduces food stagnation - pain in the epigastrium.
    • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - malarial disorders w/phlegm, dampness, and breast abscesses.
    • Raises blood pressure.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Qing Xiang Zi

  • Celosia Seeds
    • Drains liver fire, clears wind heat, improves vision - either wind-heat or liver fire causing red, painful eyes, superficial visual obstruction, and cataracts (stronger effect than Mi Meng Hua for excess fire).
    • Impaired, blurred vision - combine with Jue Ming Zi and Mi Meng Hua.
    • Hypertension due to liver yang rising.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with glaucoma.
    • Avoid with liver and/or kidney deficiency.

Quan Xie

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  • Scorpion
    • Extinguishes liver wind, stops tremors and convulsions - liver wind phlegm patterns with spasms, acute/chronic childhood convulsions, tetanus, seizures, tremors, very effective!.
    • Fire toxic nodules - topically on toxic sores, swellings.
    • Unblocks the collaterals - painful headaches.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
  • Cautions
    • Do not use during pregnancy.
    • Avoid in Cases of Internal Wind with Blood Deficiency.

Rou Gui

  • Dried Cinammon Bark
    • Warms the kidneys and fortifies yang - aversion to cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence, frequent urination; also for waning of spleen and kidney yang with abdominal pain and cold, reduced appetite, diarrhea; wheezing due to failure of the kidneys to grasp the Qi.
    • Leads floating yang back to its source - upward floating of deficient yang; flushed face, wheezing, severe sweating (like oil), weak and cold lower extremities, deficient and rootless pulse (false heat-true cold, or heat above-cold below).
    • Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain due to cold causing qi or blood stasis; amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Encourages generation of Qi and blood.
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
  • Cautions

Ru Xiang

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  • Frankincense
    • Invigorate blood, dispel blood stasis, alleviate pain - trauma, carbuncles and swellings, chest and/or abdominal pain.
    • Relax the sinews, invigorates the channels, alleviates pain - bi syndromes, rigidity, spasms.
    • Reduces swellings, generates flesh - topically for sores, carbuncles, traumatic injury.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

San Leng

San Qi (Tian Qi)

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  • Pseudoginseng Root
    • Stops bleeding, transforms blood stasis - internal and external bleeding such as vomiting blood, nosebleed, blood in the urine or stool.
    • Can stop bleeding without causing blood stasis.
    • Traumatic injuries - alleviate pain, reduce swelling from falls, fracture, sprains.
    • Invigorates the blood - chest and abdominal pain, joint pain from blood stasis.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Sang Ji Sheng

Sang Shen

  • Mulberry Fruit-Spike
    • Tonifies blood and enriches yin - dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, premature graying of the hair.
    • Constipation due to blood deficiency in the elderly, xiao ke due to yin deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Sang Ye

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  • White Mulberry Leaf
    • Expels wind, clears lung heat - wind-heat with fever, headache, sore throat; also for lung dryness causing dry mouth, dry cough, lung heat with thick and yellow sputum.
    • Cools liver and clears the eyes - liver channel eye problems due to wind-heat or yin deficiency, red, sore, dry or painful eyes, floaters.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - mild cases of vomiting blood due to heat in the blood.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

Sang Zhi

Sha Yuan Ji Li

  • Milkvetch Seed, Astragalus Seed
    • Tonify kidney yang, secures essence - lower back pain, tinnitus, impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent urination, incontinence, leukorrhea.
    • Strengthen kidney and liver - poor vision, blurred vision.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Shan Zha

Shan Zhu Yu

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  • Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit
    • Stabilize the kidneys, retain the essence - leaking of fluids due to weak essence, excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating, for devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock.
    • Tonify the liver and kidney - lightheadedness, dizziness, impotence, sore back and knees, tonifies the jing and assists the yang.
    • Stabilize menses - excessive uterine bleeding, prolonged menses, weak effect.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

She Xiang

  • Navel Gland Secretions of Musk Deer
    • Opens the orifices, revives the spirit, unblocks closed disorders (a wide variety of problems that impair consciousness) - heat entering the pericardium, convulsions, delirium, stupor fainting, closed disorders, tetanic collapse, phlegm collapse, seizures.
    • Invigorates the blood, dissipates clumps, reduces swelling, alleviates pain - toxic sores, carbuncles, fixed masses, channel obstructions due to trauma.
  • Herbs That Open Orifices
  • Cautions
    • Do not use during pregnancy.

Sheng Di Huang

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  • Rehmannia
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
    • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
    • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
    • Wasting thirst disorder.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.

Shi Jue Ming

Shi Shang Bo

  • Doederlein's Spikemoss
    • Clears heat in the lungs - sore throat, cough, asthma, mastitis.
    • Damp heat related rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, pain and/or swelling in the eyes.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Shu Di Huang

  • Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root
    • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
    • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
    • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Shui Zhi

  • Leech
    • Breaks up blood stasis, reduces immobile masses - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, trauma.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Si Gua Luo

  • Dried Vegetable Sponge
    • Expels wind, invigorates the channels - damp heat obstructing the channels and muscles causing sore chest and flank areas, sore muscles and sinews, stiff joints, traumatic injury, breast abscess.
    • Expels phlegm - cough due to lung heat with high fever, chest pain, sticky sputum.
    • Expels summer heat, promotes urination.
    • Swollen-painful breasts, insufficient lactation.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Su Jiu Gui Ban

  • Deep Fried Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • This is the deep fried version of Gui Ban.  For more information see the Gui Ban page.  Deep frying helps to moderate the cold action of the herb.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Su Mu

Suan Zao Ren

  • Sour Jujube Seed
    • Nourishes heart yin, tonifies liver blood, quiets the spirit - irritability, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety due to blood or yin deficiency.
    • Prevents abnormal sweating - spontaneous sweating, nightsweats.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit

Suo Yang

  • Fleshy Stem of Cynomorium
    • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, frequent urination, spermatorrhea.
    • Nourish blood, tonify essence, strengthen sinews - motor impairment, paralysis from blood and jing deficiency.
    • Moisten instestines - constipation due to qi and/or blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Tao Ren

  • Peach Seed
    • Breaks up blood stasis (important herb) - menstrual disorders, abdominal pain/masses, trauma, flank pain, lung abscess, intestinal abscess.
    • Moistens intestines, unblock bowels - constipation due to dry intestines.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Tian Ma

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  • Gastrodia Root
    • Calms the liver, extinguishes liver wind from either heat or cold patterns - spasms, tremors, headache, epilepsy, numbness, dizziness, wind-stroke, childhood convulsion, can be used for problems due to heat or blood deficiency.
    • Extinguishes wind, alleviates pain - headache, dizziness, migraine headaches that occur with wind-phlegm patterns, hemiplegia, dizziness, numbness.
    • Disperse painful obstruction due to wind phlegm - numbness and pain of the lower back and extremities.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Tian Nan Xing

  • Arisaema
    • Dries dampness and expels phlegm - cough and distension in the chest, extremely drying.
    • Disperses wind-phlegm in the channels and stops spasms - dizziness, numbness, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands and feet, stroke, seizures, lockjaw.
    • Reduces swelling and alleviates pain (topically).
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Tian Zhu Huang

  • Siliceous Secretions of Bamboo
    • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - difficult to expectorate sputum.
    • Clears heat and arrests convulsions - spasms, convulsions due to phlegm-heat, especially in children.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Tu Bie Chong

  • Wingless Cockroach
    • Breaks up and drives out blood stasis - wide variety of blood stasis such as abdominal masses and amenorrhea, numb and swollen tongue due to blood stasis.
    • Renews joints, sinews, bones - contusions, fractures, lacerations.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Tu Fu Ling

Tu Niu Xi

  • Tuniuxi Root
    • Drains fire and relieves toxicity - sore, swollen, and painful throat, especially diphtheria.
    • Clears heat toxin - abscesses and skin sores.
    • Invigorates blood and dissipates stasis - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Tu Si Zi

  • Chinese Dodder Seeds
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthens yin, secures essence, reserves urine - impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, frequent urination, sore painful back, vaginal discharge.
    • Tonify kidney and liver, improves vision - liver and kidney yin and yang deficiency patterns with dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, floaters, etc.
    • Strengthen the spleen and kidneys - resolve diarrhea.
    • Calms the fetus - important herb for habitual and/or threatened miscarriage.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Wa Leng Zi

  • Cockle Shell, Ark Shell
    • Invigorate blood, dissolve phlegm, dissipate nodules - abdominal masses (mobile or fixed, due to blood stasis/stagnation qi/accumulation of phlegm).
    • Absorb acid, alleviate pain - chronic stomach pain, ulcer, vomiting of acid.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Wang Bu Liu Xing

Wu Gong

  • Centipede
    • Extinguishes wind, stops spasms and convulsions - lock jaw, seizures, acute/chronic childhood convulsions.
    • Dissipates toxins and nodules - sores, carbuncles, neck lumps, snake bite.
    • Unblocks the collaterals - painful headaches.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
  • Cautions
    • Do not use during pregnancy.

Wu Jia Pi

  • Acanthopanax Root Bark
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp, strengthens the sinews and bones, chronic bi due to liver and kidney deficiency generating weak sinews (motor function development delays in children, elderly).
    • Transforms damp, reduces swelling - urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Wu Ling Zhi

  • Flying Squirrel Feces
    • Disperse blood stasis, alleviate pain - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, post partum abdominal pain, epigastric pain due to blood stasis.
    • Transforms stasis, stop bleeding - uterine bleeding, lochioschesis.
    • Childhood nutritional impairment with focal distention.
    • Use raw to invigorate blood and dry-fry to stop bleeding.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Wu Mei

  • Mume Fruit
    • Inhibit leakage of lung qi - lung deficiency cough.
    • Binds intestines - chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
    • Generates fluids - alleviates thirst due to heat from deficiency or qi and yin deficiency, xiao ke.
    • Expels roundworm - alleviates abdominal pain.
    • Stops bleeding - blood in the stool, uterine bleeding with blood deficiency signs (dryness, thirst, parched mouth).
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Wu Shao She

Wu Zhu Yu

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  • Evodia Fruit
    • Warms the middle, disperses cold, relieves constraint in the liver channel and alleviates pain - headaches, nausea, cold hernia in the liver channel region.
    • Redirects stomach Qi downwards - due to liver and/or stomach disharmony.
    • Warms the spleen and expels damp cold, stops diarrhea.
    • Leads fire downwards - mouth/tongue canker sores (externally applied to canker sores).
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Xi Jiao

  • Rhinoceros Horn
    • Clears Heat, Relieves Fire Toxicity, Cools Blood, Arrests Tremors. Erythema, nosebleed, vomiting blood, delirium, convulsions, manic behavior, loss of consciousness.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy, Yin Deficiency Fever, Incompatible (antagonist) with Chuan Wu Tou and Cao Wu Tou.

Xi Xian Cao

  • Siegesbeckia Plant
    • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
    • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Xia Ku Cao

  • Selfheal Spike, Prunella
    • Clears liver and brightens the eyes - ascending liver fire with red, painful, swollen eyes, headache, dizziness (stronger than Mi Meng Hua, Jue Ming Zi, Qing Xiang Zi in clearing heat).
    • Clears heat and dissipates nodules - neck lumps, scrofula, lipoma, goiter, swollen glands due to phlegm fire.
    • Hypertension accompanied by liver fire or yang rising.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with stomach or spleen deficiency.

Xian He Cao

  • Agrimony Grass
    • Stops bleeding due to cold, heat, excess, or deficiency patterns - vomiting blood, coughing blood, nosebleed, bleeding gums, blook in the urine, uterine bleeding.
    • Alleviates diarrhea, dysentery.
    • Kills parasites.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Xian Mao

  • Golden Eye Grass Rhizome
    • Tonify kidney, strengthen yang - impotence, urinary incontinence, nocturnal emission, infertility due to cold womb (woman) or cold jing (man).
    • Expel cold, eliminate damp - bi with generalized pain, pain and/or weakness in the bones and sinews, lower back and knee pain, cold abdomen.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang
  • Cautions
  • Avoid with yin deficiency, empty heat signs

Xiang Fu

  • Nut Grass Rhizome
    • Spreads and regulates the Qi, soothes the liver - hypochondriac pain, epigastric distention, disharmony between the liver and the spleen.
    • Regulates menses, alleviates pain (by resolving liver qi stagnation) - dysmenorrhea, irregular menses.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Xiao Hui Xiang

  • Fennel Seed
    • Spreads liver Qi, warms the kidneys, expels cold, alleviates pain - cold hernial disorders, lower abdominal pain due to cold.
    • Regulates Qi and harmonizes the stomach - stomach cold with abdominal pain, indigestion, reduced appetite, vomiting.
  • Herbs That Warm the Interior and Expel Cold

Xiong Dan

  • Bear Gallbladder
    • Clears heat and alleviates spasms - high fever and convulsions in febrile disease.
    • Topically to relieve fire toxicity, hot skin lesions.
    • Red, painful eyes due to liver fire.
    • Reduces swelling and pain - trauma, sprains, fracture, hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Xiong Huang

  • Realgar
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, stops itching, inflammation, abscess.
    • Topically - scabies, ringworm, dam rashes.
    • Kills parasites - accumulation symptoms with roundworms.
    • Dries dampness, expels phlegm - wheezing, seizures, malarial conditions.
  • Herbs For External Applications
  • Cautions
    • Generally, Avoid Using This Herb.

Xu Duan

  • Japanese Teasel Root
    • Tonify liver and kidney, strengthen sinews and bones - lower back and/or knee weakness and pain, stiff joints.
    • Tonify without causing stagnation.
    • Stops uterine bleeding, calms the fetus - bleeding during pregnancy, threatened miscarriage.
    • Promote blood circulation, alleviate pain, generate flesh - traumatic injuries in the lower back and legs, external conditions such as sores.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Xuan Fu Hua

  • Inula Flower
    • Redirects lung qi downward, expels cold-phlegm - wheezing and copious sputum.
    • Stops vomiting, rebellious qi - from cold due to deficiency of stomach or spleen.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold

Xue Jie

  • Dragons Blood
    • Dispels blood stasis, relieves pain - traumatic injury, fractures, contusion, sprains, bruising.
    • Stops bleeding (topically) - external injury.
    • Protects decay of ulcer's surface, generates flesh - chronic non-healing sores.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Ya Dan Zi

  • Java Brucea Fruit, Brucea
    • Treats dysenteric disorders - chronic cold stagnation dysentery, alternating hard and soft stool; protozoan induced dysentery.
    • Intermittent fever and chills - malarial disorders.
    • Topically for warts and corns.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Toxic to stomach, liver, and kidneys.

Yan Hu Suo

Ye Gu

  • Ghost Flower
    • Swellings in the throat
    • Urinary tract infections, other bladder/kidney issues including cancer
    • Used in folk remedies for diabetes
    • Used for a range of liver disease including cancer
    • Arthritis and other systemic inflammatory conditions

     

  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Ye Jiao Teng

Ye Ju Hua

Ye Ming Sha

  • Bat Feces
    • Clears liver and improves vision - night blindness, cataracts.
    • Childhood nutritional impairment.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yi Mu Cao

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  • Chinese Motherwort
    • Invigorates blood and regulates menses for gynecological issues - PMS, abdominal pain, irregular menses, abdominal masses, infertility, post partum abdominal pain w/lochioschesis, stasis from blood deficiency.
    • Promotes urination and reduces swelling - acute systemic edema.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yin Chai Hu

  • Stellaria Root
    • Clears Deficient Heat. Steaming bone disorder, deficient yin fever.
    • Clears Heat. Fever, thirst, irritability, childhood nutritional impairment due to heat accumulation.
    • Cools Blood, Stops Bleeding. Coughing up blood, nosebleed, xue lin, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Yin Chen Hao

  • Yin Chen Hao Shoots and Leaves
    • Main herb for Jaundice.
    • Clears damp heat from the liver and gallbladder - relieves jaundice (either damp heat or cold).
    • Clears heat, shao yang syndrome (intermittent fever and chills, bitter taste, stifling sensation in the chest, flank pain, dizziness, nausea).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Not for Deficiency Jaundice (pale yellow skin, normal urine, soggy pulse (middle jiao qi deficiency, not from dampness).

Yin Yang Huo

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  • Arial Parts of Epimedium, Horny Goat Weed
    • Tonify kidney yang - impotence, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, poor memory, painful and cold lower back and knees.
    • Expel wind-damp, cold - spasms, cramps, joint pain, numbness in limbs.
    • Strengthen yin and yang, harnesses liver yang rising - dizziness, low back pain, irregular menses from liver and kidneys and subsequent liver yang rising.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Yu Jin

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  • Tumeric Tuber
    • Invigorate blood, break up stasis - used topically and internally for traumatic pain, and to speed healing process of chronic sores.
    • Promotes movement of Qi - liver qi stagnation, menstrual pain, chest, flank pain.
    • Clears heat, cools blood - hot phlegm obstructs heart orifices with symptoms like anxiety, agitation, seizures.
    • Benefits gallbladder - jaundice.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yu Mi Xu

  • Cornsilk
    • Promotes urination - hot lin, stone lin, edema.
    • Regulates the gallbladder - yin or yang jaundice.
    • Wasting and thirsting disorder.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Yue Ji Hua

  • Partially Opened Flower of Chinese Tea Rose
    • Invigorates blood and regulates menses - blood stasis w/scanty menses, amenorrhea, and/or chest and abdominal pain and distention.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Zao Jiao Ci

Ze Lan

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  • Bugleweed
    • Promotes movement of blood and menstruation - pain due to blood stasis obstructing menses, post partum abdominal pain from stasis.
    • Invigorates blood and dispels blood stasis - topically and interally for pain and swelling from traumatic injury or abscess.
    • Promotes urination - post partum edemc or lin, systematic or facial edema.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Zhen Zhu

  • Pearl
    • Sedates the heart - tremor, palpitations, seizures, childhood convulsions.
    • Clears the liver - blurred vision.
    • Promotes healing, generates flesh - ulcers of the gums or throat.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Zhi Gan Cao

  • Honey Fried Licorice Root
    • This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas.  See Gan Cao for complete information.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Zhi Zi

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  • Cape Jasmine Fruit, Gardenia
    • Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syndrome due to damp-heat in the lower warmer, damp-heat and constrained liver and gallbladder causing jaundice, damp-heat in the gall bladder and triple heater channels of the face - eyes, nose, sores in the mouth and face.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in vomit, stool, urine; (needs to partially charred).
    • Topically for blood stasis due to trauma, reduces swelling.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.

Zi Cao

  • Groomwell Root, Lithospermum
    • Clears Heat, Cools the Blood, Relieves Fire Toxicity while Venting Rashes. Encourages rashes to surface, often for fire toxin with very dark purple rashes.
    • Topically. Clears damp heat, damp heat skin lesion, vaginal itching, burns.
    • Moisten Intestines, Unblock Bowels. Heat in the blood with constipation.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Zi Hua Di Ding

Zi Ran Tong

  • Pyrite
    • Dispels blood stasis and promotes healing of bones and sinews - swellings due to trauma, fractures.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Zi Zhu

  • Callicarpa Leaf
    • Stops bleeding, both internally and externally - particularly useful for blood in the urine.
    • Treatment of burns and sores.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Zong Lu Pi

  • Trachycarpus Stipule Fiber
    • Binds and stops bleeding - coughing of blood, blood tinged sputum, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding



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